Christine Kim is a Toronto-based artist who works primarily in illustration and cut paper collage. Her work explores issues of boundaries; in particular, she is interested in shorelines, where land and water meet in harmony and dissonance. Through her artwork she speaks to a sense of being uprooted, displaced, circling around borderlines both permeable and permanent.
Hello Friends & Patrons,
After much struggle against temperamental molds and unwelcome humidity to get perfect castings of DIGITAL 18:05:80 I rescinded a small part of my stubborn "only with hand tools" plan and recruited the help of machines. This is a good thing. Thanks to my good friend Jesse and his friend Joe, who opened up their wood shop and time this weekend, the sculpture has reached a very fine material level.
We made a vacuum chamber for casting to solve the moisture and bubble issues and it works! Then some calibrated machining and careful power sanding resulted in a perfect golden mean, sharp edges and an impeccably satin porcelain surface texture that's a real pleasure to touch. The aluminum is sure to benefit from this treatment as well. Machines!!
We're so close! Here's a photo at the end of the shop day yesterday.
Dear Backers and Friends,
We've got less than a week to go and a little more than $2,000 separating us from our $20,000 stretch goal. If we can hit that goal, we can do a book with 24 maps and stories rather than 20 - so please, help us get the word out, consider stretching up to $75 (and the Peace Coffee tasting) or $250 (and the Don Saunders dinner), and tell friends and family about the project.
Below: Our third (and possibly, but not necessarily final) cover concept by The Tod Foley Design Company.
Next week, look out for a lot of new greenlighted chapters as we sprint toward the finish line. And thanks for your support!
The Heavy Table
I'm sitting here speechless, guys. Just after about 48 hours, we've surpassed our goal! You all are amazing. Thank you so much for making my day, my month, and my year. And it's just the beginning!
This project is officially happening. The book is officially being printed and the posters, shirts, and prints are all officially arriving at your doorstep in the coming months!
My promise to you: I will work tirelessly to make your rewards and this project as awesome as possible. Look out soon for an update soon revealing some awesome stuff you'll get if we reach goals beyond the one we just reached!
Also, look what I just got in the mail: a little test print of the poster! I will be working to choose the perfect paper and printing method for making these awesome. Please send feedback if you have any thoughts!
I have been back for a week and was going to post a bit of video, some footage of part of one of the museum events from the end of May. Unfortunately the video is not the correct format for this page. Here instead are images from the drawing part of the trip. I will keep this note brief but will mention that the museum has borrowed ten of the big portraits to put in a traveling exhibit.
Expect a full report in a couple of weeks, along with the edited and corrected video.
Hey All, I have been dying to say this for a while now. Giant is officially printed! I just received the first 200 soft cover copies from the printer today, along with 100 13.5 inch x 10.5 inch posters. Here are a couple pics of the goodies :)
I should be getting the remaining 250 soft cover books on Monday, and after that its just a few more weeks (I hope) for the hard covers to be done! YEAH!
I will be sending out surveys next week to get everyone's shipping info and I am currently working on the PDF versions which I plan to send to everyone soon, but I am still trying to work out how to transfer you all the file :P
I hope you all like the look of the book and the posters. I can't wait to get them to you for real!
By the way, I was able to wrangle up a booth at the Heroes Con in Charlotte NC, which is actually this Friday, Saturday and Sunday! So if you are attending any day please search me out and say hi! Just look for a big banner that looks like the cover of the book :D
***Some of you have moved since the campaign ended, and you've been sending me your new addresses. I appreciate you keeping me up to date, but don't worry about letting me know your address for now. I'll ask you for it in a survey once I know the books are on their way. Kickstarter will organize them all for me in a spreadsheet which *should* help me out when I start shipping them.***
OK! So now for the update:
In mid April, the printer I hired to produce these books botched the job for the last time. After finally getting them to admit their mistake, my option was to wait another 2-3 months to have them print the books again, or get an (almost) full refund. I had a tough decision to make, but ultimately went with a refund.
After dealing with mistake after mistake through the entire process, I had no confidence that after the 2-3 month wait, I would get a properly made book. I was worried that after 3 months, I would once again get a book that was printed wrong, and need to wait ANOTHER 3 months to get them printed again, and quite possibly be stuck in this Twilight Zone loop, thus never getting these books to all of you!
I immediately contacted another printer, Shanghai Offset. They came highly recommended by George Rohac, who has helped a lot of other cartoonists print their books after their own Kickstarter campaigns.
I was scared that it would be the same experience all over again, but with no delay Shanghai Offset sent me proofs, and a dummy book with gorgeous paper. Unlike my previous experience, these proofs were done correctly on the very first go. They have been fast with responses, and fast at sending me anything I ask for. So far everything has been beyond my expectations in speed and quality. I only wish I had gone with them from the beginning.
The downside is that the wait is a little longer. The paper is being ordered from Japan and the lead time on it is 4 weeks.
The books are scheduled to arrive at my house in late August, at which point I will work tirelessly to get them all sent out to you. I wish I could make them print sooner, but I'm at the mercy of the printers and the shipping company. I'll be shipping a few boxes here via airmail so that I can get a head start on sketching in the books. At the moment that's the best I can do to lessen the delay.
One last thing!
I want to say thank you. Your responses to these delays have made a stressful situation much easier to bear. I'm convinced I have the nicest group of people supporting me. I've thought of a way to thank you all for waiting for this book to be ready. It's not much, but since the books are being reprinted anyway, it seemed like the perfect opportunity...
1) I've made them larger. (photos attached) One thing I noticed when I got the advance copy of the book, was that it just felt small and cramped. So I increased the size of the margins by 2mm all around, made the gutters an extra 3mm wide, and the overall image is also ever so slightly bigger.
2) I've gone with a MUCH higher quality, beautiful paper from Japan. Unfortunately you won't be able to see or feel the difference with the old one, but I think you'll be happy with it.
It's the final countdown.
7 days left of Kickstarter.
23% left to go.
Only $6,885 left go.
AND, most importantly 20 days until the soft opening! The doors are opening!
Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far! You are the best and it seriously does mean the world to me.
Please continue to share this project. Just think, if every one of the current supporters got 2 friends to donate only $20 (a rad reusable organic cotton Cafe St. Jorge tote) we would beyond reach the goal!
Attached are some photos of the progress (it is getting there), but I promise you there is a LOT to do in the next 20 days!
Happy beginning of summer!
Sorry again for time between our updates but we are quickly learning that the work of building open infostructures in places like Dhaka takes time to ensure its success. We have been erring on the side of caution and working with our local partners to quietly let the word out in Dhaka since we were not sure how the official authorities - the local government and bus operators - would react. After a couple small public presentations by our local partner, we received word that the local government was supportive of our collective initiative.
Of course, distributing paper maps in a city as bustling and unpredictable as Dhaka was also not as easy as we first imagined. Several of our attempts were paused due to hartals (city-wide strikes), political violence, the factory collapse just outside the city in Savar (which you can take a bus to from Dhaka), and an impending cyclone which threatened but fortunately spared Dhaka.
Today, though, we are thrilled to announce that as we speak, those 5,000 maps that you helped sponsor are getting into the hands of locals in Dhaka (which means soon you will get your copy too). If you can’t wait, you can sign up to join our flock at www.urbanlaunchpad.org/alpha and download the digital copy as well as be a fan of our Facebook page, which is where we will announce our updates to our supporters in Bangladesh.
This is fortunately not the end of our updates - in fact, we hope it is just the beginning. We have been approached by local organizations to sponsor the second version of the map and are scheduled to return to Dhaka to join our growing flock there to create a map that this time will hopefully be up to 95% correct. We are also working on an exciting initiative in Dhaka that we hope to tell you more about when we can.
Until then, please enjoy the pictures, let us know what you think and thanks again for your encouragement and support!
on behalf of the Urban Launchpad team